Nick Swardson at SoBe Comedy Fest: On Partying In Miami, and Lack of Fan Support For His Films
Let's all admit it together, we love Nick Swardson. It feels a little guilty, considering that he is the guy that was one of the main writers behind Malibu's Most Wanted, Grandma's Boy, and Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star. But like it or not, once one of those movies pops onto Comedy Central in the middle of the night, it's time to grab a bag of Doritos and laugh at all the classic Swardson moments, like an adult man impersonating a robot, brilliantly mocking coworkers as "turd nuggets."
It's not just his films that any comedy fan has come to love. He's also been a fan favorite scene stealer as roller skating diva Terry Bernadino in Reno 911!, as well as for his appearances in Adam Sandler movies, and let's not even get started with the brilliance that momentarily blessed Comedy Central's airwaves as Nick Swardson's Pretend Times. Will anyone ever forget characters like Gay Robot or Wheelchair Cat?
While Swardson has fully established himself in film and TV, at heart, he is still the stand-up comedian that bravely got up on Minnesota stages at the age of 18. To reinvigorate his stand-up career, Swardson is coming to this year's SoBe Comedy Festival Saturday, April 5, where he'll be appearing at the Fillmore Miami Beach.
In preparation for his arrival we asked about the notorious partier's plans to tear up Miami's nightlife, his life as a comedian, and the frustration he's experienced from a lack of fan support for his movies.
Cultist: I'm sure you've been to Miami on tour before. What stood out to you about the city while you've been down here?
Nick Swardson: I've only been there once. I've never performed there. I did a college there, but I did Reno 911 Miami there. We shot on South Beach. That's the only time I've ever been there.
A totally new experience.
Yeah, so I'm excited to spend a little bit of time there. I won't be there that long. But enough to explore a new city. I've been to every city about 50 times.
You notoriously party kinda hard, are you going to take advantage of South Beach's nightlife?
I'm not. I am known to party pretty hard. When I'm working, I don't really party that much when I'm on tour. It depends on the situation. This will be a pretty mellow trip for me. I can't rage or party. I have too much stuff going on back in L.A.
It's really easy to get in a lot of trouble down here, too.
Yeah, that's the thing. I'm going to be sober in Vegas the week before. I'm just trying to focus. I am a partier, but it's very calculated. I'm not a loose cannon. I don't mess with my work.
Speaking of touring, you haven't been much of a touring comic since your movie career took off. Are you trying to get back into touring more, or is this a once in awhile type of appearance?
We're planning a big major 30 city tour in the fall. I quit stand-up when I was doing my TV show and making movies. I kind of wanted to get a new perspective and clear my head a little bit. I've been getting back into it for the last year and a half. This is just kind of a fun thing. I wanted to do the SoBe Comedy Fest for awhile, but I could never clear out my schedule. So I'm excited.